Just bought an 1100 classic
After riding a 250cc scooter around town and occasionally on the highway for a little over a year, I finally decided to step up to a motorcycle. I found a Vstar 1100 classic with floorboards, sissy bar and highway bar, 2005 12,000 miles, for about $5000 after tax title tag and my first year of insurance.
Going from an CVT 250 to a shift-bike 1100 was a huge jump obviously, but I'm not in it to go fast. I just wanted a bike I can take on trips without feeling like I beat the engine up.
Yesterday was my 3rd day owning it and I decided to go 75 miles to San Antonio and see the Alamo. 150 round trip. I got 35mpg for the first half of the trip but I think that the gas that came in the tank probably caused that. I want to think I'll be getting 40 out of it when I fill it up next with mostly fresh 93 octane in there.
The only time I had an issue was on the way back. There was a moment when I pulled the throttle a bit and nothing happened. I sat tight and kept a good grip and after about 30 seconds all the sudden the bike takes off on me. I don't know what that was about. Cables need lube? Engine hot? air issue?
Compared to my little scoot, which I kept and I'll still ride for shorter trips, this thing is really comfortable, stops fast and hauls ass. Texas highways are usually 70 and flow of traffic is 80. I found myself doing between 60 and 70 depending on the wind since I have no windshield.
Anybody know a nice cheap short one I can buy? I just want to take a little pressure off my chest, I dont mind my helmet taking some wind.
Oh, and of course, I had my bike outside my shop at work the other night and caught a ton of compliments. I'm only 29 but people often think I'm about 22-25 so it was funny when older guys were like "I want a bike but I don't know about getting one this big..." They all think I'm a college kid on this beast. And also a girl walking by just stopped and said "Hey, what's going on?" I'm practically married so of course I blew it, but I was more interested in warming my bike up anyway.
After everbody was done gawking at it I stalled it riding away of course.
Anway, nice to sign up after lurking a bit here and there while I made my decision. In the future I'm wanting to do a trip in New Mexico and another to the tex/mex border.